Wheat production: Kaduna to cultivate 10,000 hectares, says official
The Kaduna State Government says it has commenced the cultivation of 10,000 hectares of land for wheat production in the state.
Alhaji Sabi’u Sani-Isma’ila, Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Industrialisation and Micro-Credit Management Board, told journalists at the farm that the project would create 10,000 jobs for youths.
The Executive Secretary spoke on Thursday shortly after inspecting the project at Gagara Kutare in Kubau Local Government Area of the state.
Sani-Isma’ila told NAN that the project would strengthen national food security, facilitate import substitution, enhance job creation and wealth creation for self-reliance in rural communities.
“The thinking of the new administration is to reduce rural poverty, curb unemployment by creating job opportunities for the youths and at the same time support national food security.
“This can be achieved through the use of our God-given resources of fertile land, water resources and youthful population.
“That is why we thought it is wise to facilitate the creation of commercial production of commodities, starting with wheat under the Ancho-Borower-Programme,” he said.
Sani-Isma’ila said the programme was targeting 10,000 hectares and so far it had covered over 2,500 acres and work was still ongoing.
“We are targeting 10,000 youths with at least one hectare per individual,’’ the executive secretary noted.
Sani-Isma’ila described the project as multi-disciplinary, saying that Kaduna State Ministry of Works was handling land clearing and road infrastructure.
According to him, the state Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Development Project will take care of extension services while Lake Chad Research Institute will provide training and technical support.